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What are the effects of breast cancer on the body?

What are the effects of breast cancer on the body?

This is complex..: The hope is to diagnosis breast cancer when it is confined to the breast. At this stage, the cancer does not affect the rest of the body, but the treatments can (side effects). When a cancer spreads, the effects depend on the area of the body that contains the cells that have spread. Most common: lungs, liver, brain, bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

See below: Short term effects include fatigue and radiation dermatitis (like a bad sunburn). Long term effects may include heart (if radiating the left breast) or lung damage, though these are rare. Also rare, is another tumor called sarcoma in the field of radiation. This can occur more than 20 years after radiation. ...Read more

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What does breast cancer do to the body?

What does breast cancer do to the body?

Hopefully Nothing: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one;when evident, we call this metastases. We can correlate the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere" with its stage.Based on the stage & the unique molecular features of the tumor, we may recommend chemotherapy to kill cells that may have gone to other organs. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer affect the body?

How can  breast cancer affect the body?

Varies widely: Depends on the stage at time of diagnosis. Early stage cancer could have little affect, and advanced later stages can reduce a woman;s life expectancy. Later stage disease can spread and damage other organs if untreated. ...Read more

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What are the chances of breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body?

What are the chances of breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body?

Good: Breast Cancer like all malignancies is programmed to spread. When first appearing as a lesion growing out of the milk duct, it remains in-situ for a period of time because clones or populations that spread havnt formed. As early mutations occur new populations of cells will leave the primary to spread, so that the rule is: The earlier the diagnosis the better the chance of cure. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread into the rest of the body?

How does breast cancer spread into the rest of the body?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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If my breast cancer feed off estrogen bein a female how can I reduce it in my body?

If my breast cancer feed off estrogen bein a female how can I reduce it in my body?

Anti-hormone drugs: If you have been diagnosed with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, you should be on a medication to either block estrogen (tamoxifen) or, if you are post-menopausal, to decrease the level of estrogen in your body (letrozole, anastrazole, or exemestane). You can lose weight if you are obese, which will also decrease the estrogen in your body. However, anti-estrogen drugs are very important! ...Read more

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Why do breast cancer cells break away from the tumor and spread to other ograns of the body?

Why do breast cancer cells break away from the tumor and spread to other ograns of the body?

The Nature of Cancer: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one. Some cancer cells are better than others at travelling; others have more of a tendency to travel the longer they have been untreated. If we really understood the "why" part, we would be that much closer to curing all cancer. ...Read more

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I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

Congratulations: As a rule, the risk of recurrence of the cancer you had goes down with time. It varies a lot depending on the stage and receptor status and I'm afraid there's no magic number after which the risk is zero (I've seen it relapse more than 15 years after surgery). As to other cancers, the risk depends on the kind. Some cancers have shared risk factors, be it genetic or lifestyle, some others.... ...Read more

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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient.And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more

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How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

Your oncologist can: Your treatiig oncologist can address this issue easily. Chemotherapy has but temporary effects on your blood counts.These go away within 3-4 weeks after stopping chemotherapy. There is little concern about long term aeffects on your body as the body can take care of repaiing itself quite quickly.So i would advise you not to worry about it...Yet ask such questions to the oncologist who ahs treated. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer also cause neurological problems like body pain and tingling?

Can breast cancer also cause neurological problems like body pain and tingling?

Yes: Some cancers can cause a paraneoplastic syndrome. Para meaning from and neoplastic meaning cancer. The cancers can rarely produce antibodies which can attack nerves leading to symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does radiation after breast cancer surgery hurt? And what does it do to the body?

Does radiation after breast cancer surgery hurt? And what does it do to the body?

Not really: The major side-effect of radiation to the breast is development of skin irritation (somewhat like a sunburn) the radiation itself causes no discomfort (like getting a chest xray). The radiation only affects the area irradiated so there are no effects outside of the radiation field. ...Read more

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After breast cancer how long does cytoxan and taxotere (docetaxel) stay in your body?

After breast cancer how long does cytoxan and taxotere (docetaxel) stay in your body?

Not long: Most chemo do not last long in the body. It is cleared from patients' body within a few hours to 48 hours. Half of the dose of Cytoxan is eliminated from the body in 3 to 12 hours. Half of the dose of taxotere (docetaxel) is eliminated from the body in 12 hours. ...Read more

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When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

It depends: The degree of control of the brain tumor is important. Although it has returned, the question is whether all avenues such as surgery, gamma knife or both have been used to control the brain tumors. With respect to the rest of the body, imaging/staging studies should be done to see how extensive the breast cancer is. That is, has it gone to the liver or lung or bone?That would make a big difference. ...Read more

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I have Squamous cell cancer on the top part of my left breast near the body attachment for the breast. Should I worry about breast cancer. 7 yrs now ?

I have Squamous cell cancer on the top part of my left breast near the body attachment for the breast. Should I worry about breast cancer. 7 yrs now ?

Squamous cell CA: Squamous cell cancer is a cancer that metastasizes. Ie it spreads. Of course get it taken care of. as soon as you can. ...Read more

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How long does it take after treatment for breast cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body?

It varies a lot: Most breast cancers are successfully treated and cured with modern treatments. There is of course some risk of relapse or recurrence of cancer. The recurrences mostly occur during the first 2-3 years after primary treatment but can take up to 5 or even 10 years to come back as metastases. So you need to have check ups and follow ups with your doctors for rest of your life...At least for 10 years. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many months after treatment would breast cancer metastasize to other parts of the body?

Can you let me know how many months after treatment would breast cancer metastasize to other parts of the body?

Highly variable: Risks depend on the stage at diagnosis of the breast cancer, cell type, etc. Metastasis can occur at any time, or be even seen at the time of diagnosis in advsnced stage breast cancer. Hopefully the diagnosis was an early stage with low risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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ER+PR+HER2+breast cancer,stage 2b- lymph vascular invasion-what r stats/odds it's spread to other parts of the body?

Staging workup: If you know, you are a stage 2b, then I assume you have had surgery. If you were a stage 4, which is spread to other parts of the body, that would be known and dictate your treatment. A CT or PET scan can determine if there is spread to other areas of the body. Speak to your oncology team about your concerns so they can provide you with additional info. Good luck!! ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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